Harris said the event in the South LA neighborhood was a lot different from when it first started.
"[People] didn’t believe we were going to give them anything," she said. Back in 1960, only 25 people showed up and 63 years later, it's a full community event.
This year, Mrs. Harris said they were set to give out 800 turkeys. In addition, Harris added the Long Beach Food Bank donated $425 gift certificates in the event they ran out of turkeys.
Mrs. Harris, who will celebrate her 90th birthday on Dec. 29, said the food giveaway doesn't require a police presence because it represents the best of Watts.
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- LA Clippers distribute food to 1,000 families in need at annual Feed the Community event
During the food distribution event, volunteers also provided clothes for those in need and information on nutritional programs.